Australian fast-bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s One-Day International series against England with a side strain. It is understood that he picked up the injury during the first match at Lord’s on Friday, where he took one for 53 from his 10 overs.
Australian team doctor John Orchard said, “Pat sustained an abdominal muscle strain on his left side during the first ODI at Lord’s. Whilst he was able to complete his ten overs, he was sore after the game and was scanned, the results of which have revealed a medium grade side-strain. This will keep him out of the remainder of the England tour. His return to cricket will be decided in due course, based on follow-up examinations in Australia.”
It is the latest in a worrying line of injuries for the 19 year-old who was only making his international comeback from a foot injury which had kept him sidelined since November 2011. It also puts his participation in the ‘A’ tour which follows the ODI series in doubt. Australia A are due to play two unofficial Test matches against the England Lions next month.
Australia’s National Selection Panel will not name a replacement player for Cummins, with Mitchell Johnson replacing him in the starting eleven for today’s second ODI at The Oval, and James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus also in the squad.
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